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Russian opposition leader Navalny poisoned: spokeswoman | News



Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is unconscious and in intensive care in hospital after apparently being poisoned, according to his spokeswoman.

Kira Yarmysh said on Thursday that Navalny was flying from Siberia to Moscow when his plane made an emergency landing after he fell ill.

“Alexei has toxic poisoning,” she wrote on Twitter. “Alexei is now in intensive care.”

“We think that Alexei was poisoned with something mixed in his tea. That was the only thing he drank in the morning,” Yarmysh said.

Navalny is in the intensive care unit for toxicology patients in Emergency Hospital No 1 in the Siberia city of Omsk, the TASS state news agency reported.

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in grave condition, TASS said, citing the head doctor of the hospital.

The 44-year-old, known for his anti-corruption campaigns against top officials and outspoken criticism of President Vladimir Putin, has suffered physical attacks in the past.

Last year, Navalny was rushed to a hospital from prison where he was serving a sentence following an administrative arrest, with what his team said was suspected poisoning. Doctors then said he had a severe allergic attack and discharged him back to prison the following day.

He also suffered chemical burns to his eye in 2017 when attackers threw green dye used as a disinfectant at his face outside his office.

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